Paris Under Attack With Multiple Shootings And Explosions
If you are worried about friends and family in Paris, contact the Australian Consular Emergency number on 1300 555 135 (within Australia).
The latest on the terror attacks in Paris:
Reports have been flooding in after six coordinated attacks on the city of Paris, France, began unfolding.
The Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has tweeted about the event:
Australians' thoughts, prayers & resolute solidarity with people of France as they respond to brutal terrorist attacks in Paris tonight.— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) November 14, 2015
French President Hollande has announced in a speech that he will close the country's borders.
French President Hollande is closing the country's borders after tonight's terrorist attack https://t.co/es9pcsSICB— NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 14, 2015
Parisians are opening their homes to strangers who don't have a safe place to go using the hashtag #PorteOuverte.
And soccer fans who were evacuated after the bomb blasts came together in a stirring display of unity, in the tunnels of the Stade de France, singing the French national anthem.
Fans sing the French national anthem as they evacuate Stade de France, earlier. pic.twitter.com/hd8Sm2vgQu— TheSPORTbible (@TSBible) November 14, 2015
Police say the death toll at the Bataclan theatre alone is around 100.
Police say the death toll at the Bataclan theatre alone is believed to be around 100— Tom Steinfort (@tomsteinfort) November 14, 2015
French taxi drivers are also turning off their meters for the night, to drive people home safely.
French taxi drivers have agreed to turn their meters off for the night, and drive people home to safety for free— Tom Steinfort (@tomsteinfort) November 13, 2015
The Today Show have reported that two terrorists have been killed, and one has been arrested after the attack at the theatre.
The President of the United States, Barack Obama, has released a short statement to media outlets:
Video footage was captured of the moment a bomb went off outside the Stade de France:
Paris has introduced a curfew to their city for the first time since 1944:
BREAKING: Parisian authorities have imposed a curfew on the city. First since 1944. #PrayForParis— NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 13, 2015
And French President Francis Hollande announced that France are closing all borders in the wake of the attacks:
BREAKING: President Francis Hollande announces that France is closing all its borders in wake of attacks pic.twitter.com/60OCM3JPq7— NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 13, 2015
He has also cancelled his trip to Turkey for the G20 Summit, amid attacks.
#BREAKING Hollande cancels trip to Turkey for G20 after attacks: presidency— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) November 14, 2015
The lights on the Eiffel Tower go out in memory of those killed.
The latest report:
A wave of co-ordinated attacks has left more than 120 people dead in scenes of carnage across Paris.
The attacks took place at a concert hall and several bars and restaurants in eastern Paris, as well as the Stade de France national stadium north of the city centre.
A total of eight militants were killed, including seven by their suicide belts, a source close to the investigation said.
Four of the attackers were killed in the Bataclan concert hall, three more died near the national stadium and a fourth was killed in a street in eastern Paris.
More than 200 people were wounded, including 80 seriously, a source close to the investigation said.
At the Bataclan, black-clad gunmen wielding AK-47s stormed into the concert hall on Friday night, and fired calmly and methodically at hundreds of screaming concert-goers.
Witnesses said the attackers shouted "Allahu akbar" ("God is great") and blamed France's military intervention in Syria as they sprayed bullets into the crowd watching US rock band Eagles of Death Metal.
Three of the attackers blew up suicide vests as police launched their attack, several sources said. The fourth was hit by police fire and blew up as he fell.
"There was blood everywhere, corpses everywhere. We heard screaming. Everyone was trying to flee," said Pierre Janaszak, a radio presenter who attended the concert and hid with several others at the venue.
"They had 20 hostages, and we could hear them talking with them," said Janaszak.
In the north of the city, at least five people were killed in three explosions near the Stade de France national stadium where France were playing Germany in an international football match, security sources said.
President Francois Hollande was attending the match and had to be hastily evacuated.
A Cambodian restaurant near the concert hall was also attacked, with further deaths reported.
Hollande declared a state of emergency across the entire country and cancelled his trip to the G20 summit, which is due to take place this weekend in Turkey.
Prosecutors said at least five attackers had been "neutralised" in total.
The most bloody of the attacks was at the Bataclan, where police said around 100 people were killed.
"We heard so many gunshots and the terrorists were very calm, very determined," Julien Pearce, a reporter for France's Europe 1 radio, told CNN while the hostage crisis was still under way.
"They reloaded three or four times ... and they didn't shout anything. They didn't say anything."
He said friends were still inside as he spoke.
"They are hiding in some kind of room in the dark and they text(ed) me, and they are very afraid, of course, and they are waiting for the police to intervene, but it's been over two hours now and this is terrible."
Hundreds of police had gathered outside and armed officers eventually stormed the venue at around 11.35pm (1035 AEDT) accompanied by a series of explosions.
At the Stade de France, spectators flooded the pitch as news of the attacks spread before organisers started evacuations.
An extra 1500 soldiers were mobilised to reinforce police in Paris, Hollande's office said, while mayor Anne Hidalgo called for residents to stay home.
US President Barack Obama led a chorus of global condemnation, saying it was "an attack on all of humanity".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said they were "deeply shocked" by the attacks.
France has been on high alert since the attacks in January against Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket that left 17 dead.
Security had begun to be stepped up ahead of key UN climate talks to be held just outside the French capital from November 30, with border checks restored from Friday.